Kentucky woman charged in airport bomb threat

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GREER, S.C. (AP) – A Kentucky woman is charged with making a bomb threat at a South Carolina airport.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Police arrested Laura Snyder Jones of Anchorage, Kentucky, on Saturday, charging her with a first-offense bomb threat.

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Airport spokesman Tom Tyra tells local news outlets that Jones became frustrated with customer service. Tyra says Jones told an American Airlines employee that she had a bomb in her bag when asked if she was carrying anything hazardous. Police were called and Jones was taken to the Spartanburg County jail.

Jones’ bags were screened by the Transportation Security Administration, but nothing dangerous was found.

Jones was released Sunday. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer.

Tyra says if passengers are frustrated “there are other ways to handle it,” saying airport officials take threats seriously.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.